Angels deal Ervin Santana

October 31, 2012

The Los Angeles Angels Wednesday exercised the 2013 option on righty starter Ervin Santana and then traded him along with cash considerations to the Kansas City Royals for left-handed reliever Brandon Sisk.

Santana, 29, had a mediocre 2012 season, concluding his up-and-down year with a 9-13 record and 5.16 ERA (178 IP – 102 ER) over 30 starts.  He has spent his entire career with the Angels, and has been a regular member of the team's starting rotation for years. During his stint with the team, Santana compiled a 96-80 career record (4.33 ERA), ranking him seventh on the club’s all-time win list. He also tossed the eighth individual no-hitter in Angels’ history.

Santana's performance did improve over the last two months of the season, as he posted a 4-3 record and a 3.63 ERA (62 IP – 25 ER). However, with young flamethrower Garrett Richards ready to assume a starting role, and with management eager to sign free agent pitcher Zack Greinke, Santana became expendable.

Sisk, 27, spent the 2012 campaign with Triple-A Omaha and posted a 3-2 record with a 2.54 ERA (67.1 IP – 19 ER) and eight saves in 50 appearances. He led the Storm Chasers' relievers in saves, innings pitched, appearances, and strikeouts (73).

Since signing as a minor league free agent in July 2008, Sisk has compiled a 17-15 record and 2.75 ERA (291.1 IP - 99 ER) with 317 strikeouts in 190 games (2 starts).  Prior to signing with the Royals, Sisk pitched for the Bay Area Toros in the Continental Baseball League in 2007-2008.

Sisk is currently pitching for the Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League and has appeared in three games, allowing three runs on three hits.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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